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July 29, 2008

Of interest to those attending AALS this year: Healthcare and the Poor

The AALS Section on Socio-Economics is providing a concurrent session in this year's Annual Meeting Program, entitled "Healthcare and Poor and Working People." 

Here are the participants:

And here is the program description:

"The panel will address current healthcare developments of very different kinds, with a focus on how each affects the poor and working people. Professor Frances Miller of Boston University will discuss the Massachusetts healthcare reforms, one year out, with comparison to the Hawaii experience,  now decades out. Senior Associate Dean Sharona Hoffman of Case Western will discuss the national electronic health records reforms and their capacity to reduce health disparities. Professor Kenneth Gattner of Oregon Health and Science University will discuss the successes in pediatric oncology and the implications for adult cancer treatment among poverty patients. In varying degrees, each of these important developments stems from, or has implications for, social economics and justice. The panel will be chaired by Professor Arthur LaFrance of Lewis & Clark Law School."

As in years past, there are a  number of other sessions in this year's Socio-Economics program that have a bearing on the interests of poor and working people.  These sessions include "Family Formation and Wealth Inequality," Socio-Economic Perspectives on Sub-Prime Lending,"  "Wealth Distribution, Efficiency and Growth,"  "Corporate Governance, Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility," "Socio-Economics and Racial Justice," "The Inefficient Capital Market Hypothesis" and "Socio-Economics and the Critical Schools." 

-Thanks to Jeff Selbin, Art LaFrance, and Robert Ashford.  E.R. [email protected] 

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Articles on Workforce Housing and Government Supported Creative Finance Development

The Urban Lawyer just published two articles of interest, though I have not found the public access so you will have to use Lexis or Westlaw, the abstracts from the Urban Lawyer website are below:

Alan Woolever, Tax Increment Financing, Government Grants, and Developer Tax Consequences: An Analysis of Statutes, Regulations, Case Law, and Related Policy Considerations, 40 URB. LAW. 299 (Spring 2008). This article deals with the tax implications for developers involved in TIF redevelopment projects (government subsidized projects that use potential future appreciation in taxes to finance current improvements in blighted areas). When a developer takes on a TIF project, the governmental body financing the project grants the developer substantial amounts (potentially millions of dollars) of money and property. Under the tax code, these grants may be includible in the developer’s gross income, which presents substantial tax burden on the developer and may kill the deal. The author discusses three possible ways that the developer may have these grants exempted from gross income: General Welfare Exclusion, Dominion and Control Exclusion Doctrine, or through Code Section 118 (and related case law).

Michael Kroopnick, Affording Baltimore: Public-Private Approaches to Workforce Housing, 40 URB. LAW. 331(Spring 2008). This article examines the problem of quality housing shortages for middle to low income families in urban and suburban communities.  The author specifically looks at the Baltimore housing market as an example of the larger trend and examines ways in which the city government has tried to address the problem, as well as suggesting ways in which those solutions might be applied to other communities.

-E.R. [email protected]

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July 28, 2008

William Mitchell Law Review Call for Papers: Poverty Law

The William Mitchell Law Review is proud to dedicate its third issue to Poverty Law in its upcoming Volume 35 (spring 2009). We are currently seeking papers that examine current issues and recent developments in this important area of law. Submissions may either take the form of shorter commentaries or longer law review articles. We are also accepting submission proposals at this time.  Download william_mitchell_call_for_papers_poverty_law.pdf

-E.R. [email protected]

July 28, 2008 in Conferences and Calls for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

N.Y. Times Op-Ed on closing down HUD

Op-Ed of interest (the title gives a pretty good summary): Sudhir Venkatesh, "To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD," NYTimes, July 25, 2008. 

-Thanks to Jeff Selbin for the heads up!  E.R. [email protected]

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July 23, 2008

Grant Opportunity for Research Related to Aging


The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging has a Request for Proposals and Application for academics interested in studying aging, with the objectives given below:

The objectives of the grants are to further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers.

-Thanks to the Center for the heads up.  E.R. [email protected] 

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July 18, 2008

Advice on Entering the Law Teaching Market/AALS

A number of friends have recently emailed seeking advice on entering the law teaching market, inspired by the upcoming deadline to make the first AALS deadline (this FAR deadline is important), and with that in mind I have complied here a number of resources available online and added a few observations.

A great listing of Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors from Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog.  Some schools have someone in their career service office that can help with the law teaching market.  Note: at the bottom of the list, Prof. Caron has also made a list of other resources/articles that discuss becoming a law professor; Caron's list is below:

My own experience was that while a fellowship at Harvard, Chicago, or Georgetown (they have a great 18 month one that based on its description gives you a great deal of freedom) may be great, I really appreciated being a fellow at a less prestigious institution, Loyola University New Orleans, both because of the mentoring that can take place as part of these fellowships and for the chance to write they can offer.  As I now am a "regular" faculty member, looking back I am even more appreciative of the time these fellowships open up for doing research, time that seems more precious now with committee, class, and student demands higher than they are during a fellowship.  The key to a fellowship is to use that time to write enough that law schools pay attention to your CV and FAR form. 

One "resource" not included in the above list is an article that is illuminating, hilarious, and well worth reading: Robert A. Williams, Vampires Anonymous and Critical Race Practice, 95 Mich. L. Rev. 741 (1997). 

Other things perhaps of interest to those thinking about a legal academic job:

Note: I have no clue about the effectiveness of reaching out yourself to hiring chairs or really when to send a letter if you do decide to contact those hiring in your field (I haven't seen a listing specifically looking for "poverty law") that you find out about through either the FAR Bulletin or the Announce Yourself listing above.  Another purely personal observation is that it does seem to matter if your mentors reach out to schools on your behalf and with that in mind, the summer before you enter the market it is worth emailing your mentors, updating them with what you have been doing and expressing your hope that they will help you as you enter the market. 

-E.R. [email protected]

July 18, 2008 in Legal Academy Info | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

July 16, 2008

Another Harvard Law Review Note of Interest: on the Myth of Meritocracy

Alger The Harvard Law Review editorial board is showing that it is a glutton for punishment from the right, which is perhaps still salivating over the earlier Harvard Note, Never Again Should a People Starve in a World of Plenty.  Some of the critical responses to Never Again can be found here, here, here, and here.  (As an aside, I have written a more sympathetic response to Never Again for the Harvard Law Review Forum, but am still keeping my fingers crossed that the editors will choose to publish responses to a piece that generated such controversy.)  Harvard Law Review just published a new Note bound to have its share of critics:

Algercalddog Personally, I liked Trading Action for Access.  Recently, I have been fairly concerned about structural cooptation in my own life and in the legal profession/academy and I like that this Note takes that on.  Just like Never Again that focused on the choice of students to enter corporate law, this Note could be critiqued for focusing upon the narrow example of law firms to illustrate the myth of meritocracy, but given that this is being published in a law review, that should be forgiven!  The Note reminded me of Inequality by Design (Claude S. Fischer et al, 1996) that also takes on the Horatio Alger and "meritocracy." 

Although they take on somewhat divergent issues, an earlier Harvard Law Review Note, A Look Inward: Blurring the Moral Line Between the Wealthy Professional and the Typical Criminal, 119 Harv. L. Rev. 2165 (2006) and my own article also came to mind when thinking about these two recent Notes.

END NOTE: I will be traveling a good amount this coming month (next week Alaska, later Colorado and El Salvador), so posts will be infrequent.  As I have stated before, I WELCOME any contributors, whether you have a single post you want to share or want to participate more actively.  =)
-E.R. [email protected]   

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July 14, 2008

House Committee on Ways and Means to hold Hearing on Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure

The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is holding a hearing this Thursday, July 17th, on "Establishing a Modern Poverty Measure." Submissions for the record can be uploaded here.  This hearing is similar to one that took place almost a year ago, the testimony and written submissions of which are available here

Today, New York City announced, see N.Y. Times story here, it was abandoning the federal poverty line in favor of the model originally proposed by the National Academy of Sciences, a change that would define a greater number of people in New York City as poor.  The NAS report is available as a book but is also available from the Census Bureau website, here: Measuring Poverty: A New Approach.  Gordon Fisher's Development and History of the Poverty Thresholds is available here.

-Thanks to the Kojo Nnamdi show for their coverage of this.  E.R. [email protected]

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July 9, 2008

Adult Education and Workforce Skills Report

Reachhigher From the National Commission on Adult Literacy, and courtesy of an announcement on UNC's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity homepage:

REACH HIGHER AMERICA, An economy that thrives in the new global environment! A workforce educated for jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage!

America flourishing as a secure democracy and world leader! Powerful demographic evidence points to a clear connection between these ideals and the need for adult education and workforce skills services in America--on a scale unprecedented in history. Following two years of study, the National Commission on Adult Literacy calls for a program on the scale of a “domestic Marshall plan” to achieve these goals. The Commission’s report,  Reach Higher America:  Overcoming Crisis in the U.S. Workforce, calls for a dramatically revamped service system with the capacity to effectively serve 20 million adults annually by the year 2020. It also calls for resetting the educational mission of this new system to demonstrated readiness for postsecondary education and job training. The report recommends specific actions to accomplish this with emphasis on groups most in need of service and on system accountability and results. State and federal government, business and labor, philanthropic groups, nonprofit organizations, and the general public all have a vital role in meeting the Commission’s vision for America's 21st Century Workforce.  [The Executive Summary is here.] 

-E.R. [email protected]

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July 8, 2008

Interesting Op-Ed by Stephen L. Carter

With an Aspen, Colorado tagline, Stephen L. Carter (best selling author and Yale professor) has an interesting new op-ed that touches on affirmative action, the divide between poor and better off African-Americans, marriage policy, school vouchers, etc... Stephen L. Carter, "Affirmative Distraction," New York Times, July 6, 2008. 

-E.R. [email protected]

July 8, 2008 in News Coverage of Poverty | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Conference: Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2008 - "Education and the Economy"

Nepoc The schedule for the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2008, Sept. 12-13, 2008 at Boston University School of Law (hosted also by St. John's Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development) has been posted online.  The main conference website is here and the the brochure with schedule is here.  The conference includes a panel on "The Current Economic Recession and Communities of Color," as well as many other talks on education, diversity in legal education, immigration policy, and many works in progress presentations. 

-E.R. [email protected]

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July 6, 2008

New York Times Editorial on the Food Crisis: Man-Made Hunger

Today's editorial from the New York Times is worth reading: Editorial Board, "Man-Made Hunger," NYTimes, July 6, 2008. 

-E.R. [email protected]

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July 2, 2008

Light-Hearted Post: Dogs over Indigent

From the New York Times: "The two people who described the statement said Mrs. Helmsley signed it in 2003 to establish goals for the multibillion-dollar trust that would disburse assets after her death. The first goal was to help indigent people, the second to provide for the care and welfare of dogs. A year later, they said, she deleted the first goal."  Full story here.  Helmsley it should be remembered is quoted as saying "only the little people pay taxes" (CommonDreams story here). 

-ER. [email protected]

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Principle or Campaign Driven Support of Faith-Based Delivery of Social Services?

Barack Obama announced yesterday that he wants to continue Bush's Faith-Based Initiative program and, according to a New York Times story here, he may consider "elevating the director of his Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to a cabinet-level post."  Obama's speech is available on his website here.  A Washington Post op-ed by Michael Gerson that is not very sympathetic and touches on the politics of this policy can be found here.  I expect tomorrow's papers will have many more op-eds on the topic as writers react.  The following resources look at or touch on Bush's faith-based programs:

-E.R. [email protected]

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